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Today’s Takeaway

Despite trade differences, US & Canadian lumber companies vote to continue check-off program

The Tree Frog Forestry News
May 24, 2018
Category: Today's Takeaway

Despite trade differences, US & Canadian lumber companies voted overwhelmingly to continue the softwood lumber check-off program—a nation-wide promotion program—which is great news and music to the ears of this Tree Frog. In related news: the House passed a third-party bill requiring the Canadian government to consider wood in federal infrastructure projects; Canada’s newest architecture school features CLT; and modular CLT may help address the UK’s dire need for housing.

Elsewhere, awards abound: a sampling includes: FPAC’s Lifetime Achievement to  Michael Jordan (posthumously) of Canfor; FPAC’s Women in Forestry Award of Excellence to Tanya Wick of Tolko; FPAC’s Rising Star Award to Matthew Buxton of Canfor; and FPAC’s Forest Community Champion Award to Richard Cannings, MP South Okanagan-West Kootenay. And here are a few awards courtesy of the US Endowment for Forestry and Communities.

Finally; an Alberta drone test may offer cheaper reforestation; an Oregon online tool raises wildfire awareness; and the pellet industry seeks to bridge biomass’s ideological divide.

–Kelly Mccloskey, Tree Frog Editor

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Business & Politics

FPAC Presents Forest Community Champion and Partner Awards

Forest Products Association of Canada
May 23, 2018
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

Ottawa, Ontario – Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) honoured industry partners – each exemplifying the true meaning of partnership, in Ottawa today. “The Canadian forest industry employs more than 230,000 people in over 600 communities, from remote villages to our largest cities – in all regions of the country – and it also has many community leaders and partners who are industry champions,” said FPAC CEO Derek Nighbor. “These are the men and women who have worked to better understand our industry and our people, and have supported us because it’s important to their local community and in the national interest. They do the industry a great service and exemplify what it means to be a true champion and partner.” 

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FPAC Salutes Forest Industry’s Best and Brightest in Nation’s Capital

Forest Products Association of Canada
May 23, 2018
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

Ottawa, Ontario – The Forest Products Association of Canada honoured a series of national award winners for their extraordinary contribution to the forest sector during an industry trade luncheon attended by industry leaders, partners, and government representatives in Ottawa today. The Canadian forest sector directly employs more than 230,000 people in over 600 communities, from remote villages to our largest cities – in all regions of the country. “As the voice of the Canadian forest products sector nationally and internationally, FPAC has developed our Awards of Excellence program to salute those who are making a difference and serve as an inspiration to all of us,” says CEO Derek Nighbor. “It’s important to recognize the men and women who are among our best and brightest, from those who have spent much of their lives contributing to the forest products sector to our younger rising stars.  It is they who are the backbone of our industry.”

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MP Richard Cannings Honoured as FPAC Forest Community Champion

The Castlegar Source
May 23, 2018
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Richard Cannings

The Forest Products Association of Canada is pleased to name Richard Cannings, MP South Okanagan-West Kootenay as a winner of the  2018 FPAC Forest Community Champion Award. Cannings will be joined by International Trade Minister François-Philippe Champagne, Kenora, Ontario Mayor Dave Canfield, and Whitecourt, Alberta Mayor Maryann Chichak in receiving this recognition at a special event to be hosted by FPAC in Ottawa today. Cannings is the recipient of the Forest Community Champion Award for his work in tabling and advancing his Private Member’s Bill C-354 which promotes the use of wood in federal government procurement.

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Vernon woman captures prestigious forestry honour

The Salmon Arm Observer
May 23, 2018
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Tanya Wick

The Forest Products Association of Canada presented the Women in Forestry Award of Excellence to a Vernon woman in Ottawa Wednesday, May 23. Tanya Wick, from Tolko Industries, picked up the award. …“FPAC has developed an awards program that salutes those who are making a difference and serve as an inspiration to all of us,” said FPAC CEO Derek Nighbor. “The forest products industry in Canada is becoming more diverse and is committed to encouraging women to join Canada’s greenest workforce and celebrating the accomplishments of female leaders in our sector today.” As the first female executive in Tolko’s history, Wick has seen her role expand from vice-president, human resources, to vice-president, people and services.

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Interfor Resumes Operations at Grand Forks Sawmill

The Boundary Sentinel
May 23, 2018
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Another positive sign Grand Forks is getting back to a bit of normalcy after the Great Flood of 2018 happened Wednesday when Interfor Corporation announced that it resumed operations at the Boundary City sawmill. Management had closed the sawmill in Grand Forks for the past two weeks due to following severe flooding in the area. …“I am deeply appreciative of the commitment of our employees whose personal lives were impacted over these past two weeks,” said Andrew Horahan, Interfor’s Vice President, Western Operations said in a media release Wednesday. …Fortunately, such actions limited the risk to the mill’s infrastructure and equipment and has allowed the mill to resume operations now that the water level has receded. 

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Delegates Gather for Community Forest Association’s 14th Annual Conference and AGM

BC Community Forest Association
May 23, 2018
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

BURNS LAKE, BC – Delegates to the BC Community Forest Association’s (BCCFA) 14th Conference and AGM are arriving in Burns Lake. The BCCFA is excited to be returning to Burns Lake where community forestry is such a strong and vibrant force in the local community and economy.  We are also especially fortunate to be hosted jointly by the Burns Lake, Chinook, and Cheslatta Community Forests. …BCCFA President, Erik Leslie said, “…Community forests are unique in their communities and landscapes but they share the fact that they are leaders in a growing community-based forestry movement in Canada.  Community organizers, elected officials, managers, and researchers from far and wide look to BC community forests as concrete examples of what can be achieved when local people take responsibility for our forest lands. “

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Local Indigenous youth named one of forestry’s best and brightest

Soo Today
May 24, 2018
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Wednesday in Ottawa, the Forest Products Association of Canada in partnership with the Canadian Council of Forest Ministers, presented the Skills Award for Aboriginal Youth to Aaron Jones of Garden River First Nation. The Skills Award for Aboriginal Youth is open to First Nations, Métis or Inuit individuals aged 18 to 30 who are enrolled in an apprenticeship program, college or university, with strong academic standing, and a demonstrated commitment to their field of study and a career in the revitalized forest sector. Aaron is currently in his second year at Sault College studying Natural Environment Technology. This summer, he plans to work with the Ministery of Natural Resources and Forestry as an assistant resource management technician, assisting with a study on regrowth after logging operations.

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Can’t see the forest for the trees

Editorial Board
The New Glasgow News
May 23, 2018
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Margaret Miller

It’s hard to say who’s at greater fault – the company taking down old-growth forest or the government for not being on top of this. We’ll declare it a tie. A government report last week showed that two of 12 stands partially harvested by Port Hawkesbury Paper contained old-growth forests – areas of natural value that are becoming increasingly rare in the province and certainly deserving of protection. Natural Resources Minister Margaret Miller said she was surprised by the finding and claimed that the department does a good job of providing oversight in industrial activity in forested areas. The obvious question here is how then does something like this happen? …Nova Scotians should be alarmed that governments are so out of the loop when it comes to industrial activity contributing to ecological degradation, but too often we aren’t surprised. 

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

MP Cannings’ long-awaited wood-use bill passes in House vote

The Nelson Star
May 23, 2018
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

The member of Parliament for South Okanagan—West Kootenay is celebrating a rare victory for a third-party member — Richard Cannings’ private member’s bill has passed a House of Commons vote. Cannings’ Bill C-354, an Act to amend the Department of Public Works and Government Services Act, passed its final vote in the House late Wednesday and will be sent to Senate for debate. The bill would require the federal government to consider the use of wood in federal infrastructure projects, particularly looking at associated reductions of greenhouse gas emissions through use of wood products. …A date for the bill’s consideration in Senate still has not been determined, according to Cannings, who said he looks forward “to working with the members of the Upper Chamber towards the passage of this important piece of legislation.”

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New architecture school brings lessons to life

By Michelle Ervin
The REMI Network – Real Estate Management Industry Network
May 23, 2018
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

Students of Canada’s newest architecture school won’t have to venture far to see lessons from the classroom come to life. The latest addition to Laurentian University’s real estate portfolio highlights, rather than hides, the way it was constructed. …“The new building that we introduced was a combination of CLT and steel, and part of that was to demonstrate two more contemporary technologies doing what they do best,” said Janna Levitt, founding partner of LGA Architectural Partners, “so the spans and the thinness of the steel versus the thickness and the span of the CLT building — materials that you can leave exposed and structural materials that you have to enclose because of thermal bridging.” The addition of the L-shaped, two-wing building offers students a study in contrasts between these two modern construction methods, as well as between 19th-century-style timber construction and 21st-century CLT construction. 

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Some oppose Section 301 proposed tariff list

Furniture Today
May 24, 2018
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

WASHINGTON — Associations on both sides of the issue have shared public comments on proposed Section 301 tariffs against China. Opponents argue that tariffs would have negative impacts on consumers as well as various sectors of the supply chain that actually benefit U.S. manufacturers. Among the opponents of the tariffs is the International Wood Products Assn., a leading international trade association for the North American wood products industry. It represents some 200 companies and trade organizations that import hardwoods and softwoods from sustainably managed forests in more than 30 countries. “It is critical to note that the wood products found throughout our homes and in the buildings where we Americans work and play, as well as in the manufactured goods we use each day, are not made from a simple interchangeable commodity,” wrote Cindy Squires, executive director of the IWPA.

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MultiPly by Waugh Thistleton Architects, American Hardwood Export Council and ARUP

Archiscene
May 24, 2018
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Waugh Thistleton Architects, the American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC) and ARUP are collaborating to present ‘MultiPly’, a modular cross-laminated tulipwood pavilion, in the Sackler courtyard of the V&A from 15 September.  …The three-dimensional structure will be built out of a flexible system, made of 17 modules of American tulipwood cross-laminated timber (CLT) with digitally fabricated joints. Like a piece of flat-packed furniture, it will arrive as a kit of parts and will be simply and quietly assembled in under a week Because it is built out of modules, the pavilion can be taken apart and reassembled in a new home after the London Design Festival. ‘MultiPly’ confronts two of the current age’s biggest challenges – the dire need for housing and the urgency to fight climate change and presents the fusion of modular systems and sustainable construction materials as a solution.

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UK housing crisis will drive increase in significant timber construction fire claims

BLM
May 23, 2018
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

John O’Shea

A growth in fire claims of significant value at timber-constructed properties will continue in the years to come, as the UK continues to grapple with housing shortages, according to BLM and the Institute of Directors (IoD). …John O’Shea, partner and head of property damage at BLM said: “For years, government and industry has talked about the need to address the chronic housing shortage. For some a potential fix is to adopt the timber frame method of construction rather than the more traditional bricks and mortar approach. “However timber frame homes pose particular fire risks given the presence of cavities within the finished structure. Such risks are prevalent both during the period of construction and thereafter. …Insurers will need to adapt accordingly.”

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Forestry

Lillooet-area forest company passes audit

BC Forest Practices Board
May 23, 2018
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – An audit of 0866740 B.C. Ltd., held by Aspen Planers Ltd., on forest licence A18700, has found compliance with most requirements of the Forest and Range Practices Act and the Wildfire Act, according to a report released today. All activities carried out by Aspen Planers, between July 2015 and November 2017, were audited, included harvesting timber, constructing, maintaining and deactivating forestry roads, reforesting logged sites, wildfire protection and associated planning. “The audit did find some issues with how Aspen had managed visual quality,” said Bruce Larson, board vice-chair. …The audit also found that Aspen assesses the fire hazard for its harvest blocks as part of the final road and block inspection, but its assessments do not adequately consider the risk of a fire starting and spreading.

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Alberta drone test could show faster, cheaper way to replant forests

By Gordon Kent
Edmonton Journal
May 23, 2018
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The massive task of restoring land denuded by fires, drought or human activity might eventually be helped by swarms of drones that can plant almost 400,000 tree seeds a day. “There’s an absolutely huge, huge area across Canada in need of … reforestation activities,” Lauren Fletcher, chief executive of England’s BioCarbon Engineering, said Wednesday after a demonstration of his company’s drone equipment. …The device …flies about three metres above the ground [and] uses pressurized air to fire capsules loaded with seeds and nutrients into the soil twice a second. Dirk Brinkman, chief executive of Vancouver’s Brinkman and Associates Reforestation, said about 450 million trees a year are planted in Canada, most because it’s required after logging. But governments can’t always afford to deal with millions of hectares damaged by fire or other sources, so drones might be a cheaper, more effective solution, he said.

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Online Tool Reveals Wildfire Risk In Oregon

By the Oregon Department of Forestry
Patch.com
May 23, 2018
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Oregon Department of Forestry has introduced a new online tool this month that will help community planners and the public learn about wildfire risk across the state. The web-based Oregon Wildfire Risk Explorer was developed in partnership with the Institute for Natural Resources, Oregon State University Libraries and Press, the Oregon Department of Forestry and the U.S. Forest Service. The tool will deliver the most current wildfire risk information for Oregon. The development team worked with statewide fire managers, agency representatives and private and public stakeholders to create the tool.

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Enviva Forest Conservation Fund Awards 2018 Grants

US Endowment for Forestry and Communities
May 23, 2018
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Bethesda, Md. and Greenville, S.C.  – The Enviva Forest Conservation Fund today announced the recipients of its 2018 suite of grants. The projects funded will help conserve a total of more than 5,000 acres, protecting ecologically sensitive bottomland forests in the coastal regions of Virginia and North Carolina. “We are so proud to work with our conservation partners in the Virginia-North Carolina coastal plain, oneof the most biodiverse and beautiful areas in the country,” said Enviva Chairman and CEO, John Keppler.“This work will lead to the protection of thousands of acres of sensitive forest lands and ensure that these forests provide ecosystem and economic benefits for generations to come.” …“In this third year of the Fund, I continue to be amazed at the caliber of organizations represented and the breadth and depth of conservation objectives reflected in these proposals,” said Endowment President and CEO, Carlton Owen.

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Brazil backs ‘Guardians of the Amazon’ in their war on loggers

By Karla Mendes
The Sydney Mornng Herald
May 24, 2018
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Rio de Janeiro — In a rare move, Brazil is providing armed back-up to indigenous people protecting the world’s most threatened tribe from illegal loggers, a decision that campaigners lauded as a “landmark” in efforts to halt deforestation in the Amazon. Officials moved in to the Brazilian rainforest after a group of from the Guajajara tribe, who call themselves The Guardians of the Amazon, seized a logging gang and burnt their truck, rights group Survival International said. A soldier stands guard in front of a truck loaded with logs that were illegally cut from the Amazon rain forest. …”That was a landmark moment, I would say, because The Guardians hardly ever receive support,” Sarah Shenker told the Thomson Reuters Foundation by phone.

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CIFOR and Mongabay launch partnership to improve forest research communication

Center for International Forestry Research
May 23, 2018
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), a scientific organization that researches ways to better manage and preserve the planet’s tropical forests, and Mongabay, a leading environmental reporting platform dedicated to raising awareness globally about social and environmental issues related to tropical forests, have launched a partnership to increase the dissemination of news about the status of the world’s forest ecosystems. As both organizations share a commitment to communicating scientific research and improving the capacity of journalists and investigators to report on forest conservation, this two-year agreement will help to build awareness of the crucial relationship between forests and people across the globe.

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Forest Fires

Wildfire near Lillooet prompts evacuation alert

By Jon Azpiri
Global News
May 23, 2018
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

Two significant wildfires are burning in B.C., one of them forcing an evacuation alert. The Avery Hill fire was sparked on Wednesday afternoon and is already 60 hectares in size. The BC Wildfire Service has classified it as an out-of-control fire. The fire is burning about 55 kilometres northwest of Kamloops, not far from the location of last year’s Elephant Hill fire. A second wildfire is burning about 35 kilometres west of Lillooet near Xusum Creek and is 25 hectares in size. Like the Avery Hill fire, it started Wednesday afternoon and is classified as an out-of-control wildfire. An evacuation alert is in place due to the Xusum Creek fire. Residents are urged to contact the Squamish-Lillooet Regional District for further information.

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Schools, ring roads and parking lots can help prevent spread of wildfires: study

By Bill Graveland
Canadian Press in CTV News
May 23, 2018
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

A University of Calgary study says there need to be more wide, open spaces to prevent catastrophic wildfires… Researchers from the university’s Schulich School of Engineering used high spatial resolution satellite images to study the two costliest fires in Alberta history: the one in Fort McMurray and the 2011 fire in Slave Lake. The aim was to determine how civic design and planning helped fuel or prevent the spread of the fires. The team found destruction of many of the buildings could have been predicted based on the nearness of trees and vegetation to residential neighbourhoods. “We checked the areas and we found that within the minimum 10-metre boundary, there was forested area. Depending on the density of the forest, 30 metres or even 50 metres are considered dangerous,” said Quazi Hassan, lead researcher from the Department of Geomatics Engineering.

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BC Wildfire Service bringing additional personnel to tackle fires north of Fort St. John

By Chris Newton
Energetic City
May 23, 2018
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The BC Wildfire Service will be bringing in more crews today to respond to a number of fires that flared up north of Fort St. John on Tuesday. Amanda Reynolds, Fire Information Officer with the Prince George Fire Centre, says that hot and windy conditions on Tuesday helped to fan the flames of several spot fires sparked by lightning over the weekend. Reynolds explained that two fires in particular have ballooned in size since Tuesday, when their smoke plumes were first noticed by fire crews from the air. …Reynolds added that while several fires have grown quickly in size in the past few days, the current situation is much less dire than two years ago, since none of the fires are currently threatening any property.

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Eastern Manitoba First Nations evacuated as huge fire approaches

By Bryce Hoye
CBC News
May 23, 2018
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

Manitoba officials say a fire nearly half the size of Winnipeg that is raging toward Little Grand Rapids and Pauingassi First Nation was human caused. Hundreds crowded into a hot school gym in Little Grand Rapids overnight, waiting to be flown to safety as the fire scorches closer toward the fly-in community about 265 kilometres northeast of Winnipeg. A spokesperson for the provincial government said Wednesday the fire was human caused and started around midday on Monday before growing rapidly. “Initially the fire was one-tenth of a hectare and crews believed it could be contained, however high winds picked up, and the fire got into a section of brush with taller trees and the fire began to run along the tree tops,” the spokesperson wrote in an email.

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Conditions in Thunder Bay district forests ‘explosive’

By Doug Diaczuk
Thunder Bay News Watch
May 23, 2018
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada East, Canada

THUNDER BAY – With temperatures rising and people eager to enjoy some time outdoors, officials with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry are urging the public to be extremely careful and abide by the fire ban to avoid a costly and dangerous mistake. “The condition in the forests around Thunder Bay is explosive right now and the slightest little mistake could be costly,” said Garry Harland, fire management supervisor with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry. The entire Northwestern Ontario region is currently a restricted fire zone and a fire ban remains in effect for the city of Thunder Bay and district as dry, windy conditions are making the forest floor more susceptible to fires.

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National Forest Areas Close as Wildfire Danger Remains High

By Ryan Heinsius
KNAU Arizona Public Radio
May 23, 2018
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

Forest managers on the Coconino and Tonto national forests have closed several large sections to the public because of wildfire danger. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports, it comes ahead of expected heavy visitation during the Memorial Day Weekend. The closures include popular camping and recreation sites near the San Francisco Peaks, along the Mogollon Rim, and other areas officials say are highly susceptible to wildfire. Forest patrols typically find dozens of abandoned campfires during holidays. “It’s very dry, we have to do something. All those places are watersheds, and that’s water that’s vital to our life. So we want to make sure that if a fire should break out, it doesn’t break out in one of those areas that would cause catastrophic flooding after the fire and destroy our watersheds,” says Coconino spokesman George Jozens.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Proposed wood science program designed to prepare undergraduates for modern bioeconomy

By Patrick Hatch
The Ubyssey
May 23, 2018
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

At its core, the bioeconomy is about bioproducts, or products made out of renewable materials like corn, sugar cane or wood. One of the driving forces of the bioeconomy is finding innovative ways to replace products made from non-renewable resources – like oil, concrete, and steel – with renewable alternatives. Recognizing this emerging economy and its potentially powerful role within it, the BC government has given UBC’s department of wood science within the faculty of forestry an approximately $300,000 grant to support the development of a new program called BEST (Bioeconomy, Sciences and Technology) that will prepare undergraduates to take advantage of all that wood can do to support the bioeconomy. …The BEST program will exist alongside the department’s Wood Products Processing program. 

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The Ideological Divide

By Rob Kotrba, Editor, Pellet Mill Magazine
Biomass Magazine
May 23, 2018
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

Rob Kotrba

Understanding the positions of those opposed to the wood pellet industry is critical to overcoming and reconciling differences. …Respect for other interpretations, even though disagreement exists, is critical to building solid relationships and is often beneficial in collaborations. Many in the biomass industry consider themselves environmentalists—champions of clean, renewable energy whose lifework benefits society and the planet. …It wasn’t so long ago when biomass advocates were more universally recognized with this designation than today, but somewhere along the way, something changed. …Fundamental differences exist between environmental groups and manufacturers of forest products such as the wood pellet industry. Even seemingly simple definitions, such as what a “healthy forest” is, or whether biomass is carbon-neutral, become vastly complex.

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A Warming Planet Could Turn Streams Into Carbon Polluters

By Cassandra Profita
Oregon Public Broadcasting
May 23, 2018
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, International

A new study has found that if the climate warms as projected, warmer streams could compound the effects of global warming by adding more heat-trapping carbon dioxide to the atmosphere. Scientists tested the carbon output of streams at seven locations across the globe, including watersheds in Oregon, Puerto Rico, Alaska and Australia. They monitored water temperature, dissolved oxygen and sunlight at the water surface and analyzed how all the organisms in the water were taking in carbon dioxide (CO2) during photosynthesis and releasing it during respiration. They used that data to simulate how much more carbon dioxide streams would emit if their temperatures were warmer by 1 degree Celsius. Overall, they found that small increase in temperature resulted in a 24 percent increase in carbon dioxide emissions. …Argerich said the new findings… can now be used to recalculate climate models.

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Learnings from Multi-year Pilot to support Local Wood-to-energy Projects

US Endowment for Forestry and Communities
May 22, 2018
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

The U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities (Endowment) today released a report, “LEAF: Local Energy for American Fund Pilots, Outcomes, and Lessons,” that assessed results of an effort to enlist private capital in support of converting fossil fuel systems to locally-derived wood-to-energy. One of the greatest challenges to sustaining the health of America’s forests is the problem of small- diameter, dying and dead trees for which in all-too-many places there are few if any markets. “Withouteconomically viable markets, landowners (both public and private) are left with few options to manage their forests in ways that keep them healthy and thus mitigate against the chances of catastrophic lossfrom insects, diseases and wildfires,” says Endowment President and CEO Carlton Owen.

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